Jóhannsson, Britell WSA Winners

Jóhannsson, Britell WSA Winners

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nicholas Britell and Rupert Gregson-Williams were the big winners at 17th World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium Wednesday. Jóhannsson took honors as best film composer of the year for Arrival and Gregson-Williams, who scored The Crown was voted top television composer. David Shire received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his entire career. Guest […]

The Waterphone

The Waterphone

The waterphone produces an ethereal sound, like an unearthly harp. Invented in the late 1960s by Richard Waters, it is also known as an ocean harp. The custom-made instruments have garnered an enthusiastic following of film and TV composers, as well as a couple of pop stars (Tom Waits and Miles Davis are listed on […]

Mixcloud Signs with Warner

Mixcloud Signs with Warner

London-based Mixcloud, a subscription streaming service formed by Cambridge University engineering students, has signed a deal with Warner Music Group that it hopes will be the foundation of a rival service to SoundCloud. The London-based firm, which has a following in the EDM community, is said to also be in conversations with Universal Music and […]

Elvis Costello Books Vegas

Elvis Costello Books Vegas

Elvis Costello will mount a new show, “Now/Not Now,” at the Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater beginning Feb. 28th. The shows are currently  far Costello’s only scheduled dates for 2018. Elvis Costello and the Imposters’ “Now/Not Now” will see the live debut of new songs but also mark a return to what Costello has called the […]

Mozart Toddles to TV

Mozart Toddles to TV

The young Mozart is coming to television via Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment and IM Global TV, which is at MIPCOM this week trying to find a production partner to help fund the period drama, which will depict the musical prodigy as “a as genius and celebrity of his time, and will also depict the court of […]

Meet the Art World’s New Rock Star

Meet the Art World’s New Rock Star

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa’s route to being a internationally renowned collector of contemporary art included a stint honing his musical chops in Santa Monica, Calif. Raised in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, Maezawa says his childhood focus was music, which he pursued with passion, playing drums and guitar in a band with friends. Although he came […]

BMI Trademarks Song ‘Speed Dating’

BMI Trademarks Song ‘Speed Dating’

Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. has filed for trademark on its Speed Dating for Songwriters initiative, which the company says has been one of it’s “most successful and beneficial programs.” Established in 2013, BMI’s Speed Dating for Songwriters initially began as a way to introduce and foster creativity among some of BMI’s most promising […]

Round One of Grammy Voting Begins Today

Round One of Grammy Voting Begins Today

The awards process for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards begins today with 22,030 entries received by the Recording Academy consideration, with nominations to be announced Nov. 28. The total marks an increase from last year’s 21,719 submissions. Entries were due Aug. 23 and have since undergone a vetting process to verify eligibility in preparation for […]

Israelite Unpacks Copyright for PMC

Israelite Unpacks Copyright for PMC

David Israelite is president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, a trade group representing American music publishers and songwriters. Read the complete text of his keynote address at the Production Music Conference here. The NMPA‘s stated mission is “to protect, promote, and advance the interests of music’s creators” by safeguarding members’ property rights on […]